Indiana Wesleyan University’s campus news source, The Sojourn, received three awards at The Best of the Midwest College Journalism Convention, held February 6-8 in Minneapolis. There were 12 award categories with over 260 total entries from colleges throughout the Midwest.
Navar Watson, journalism major and co-editor-in-chief of The Sojourn, received the first place news story award for part one of his series on the lack of student political groups on campus. Jared Johnson, also journalism major and co-editor-in-chief of The Sojourn, won the first place sports story award for his article about an IWU women’s tennis player who survived cancer. The Sojourn staff then claimed fourth place for a non-weekly publication at a four-year institution.
Besides the Sunday award ceremony, the weekend also featured keynote speakers such as Scott Libin, Hubbard senior fellow at the University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Boyd Huppert, reporter at KARE-TV, and Regina McCombs, senior editor for Visual News.
Dr. Randall King, professor of communication, is the faculty advisor for The Sojourn. Six students attended the convention with him, most of who will return next year in Sojourn leadership positions.